The Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2015 will be held in Rome from 28 – 31 October 2015.The final list of speakers and topics has been selected from more than 260 submissions and the PLDC organisers are proud to present a high-class, futureoriente and innovative conference with speakers from 25 different countries! The conference programme for PLDC 2015 was released on 23rd February 2015. As in previous years, PLDC will be built around a four-track conference. Traditionally, the first three tracks will cover Lighting Application Case Studies, Lighting Application Research and Professional Practice Issues. The fourth track varies from convention to convention and is dedicated to a topic that is currently key to lighting design developments worldwide. For PLDC 2015 in Rome, the Steering Committee has selected a topic in response to on-going market developments and studies: “Light and Culture”. The track will feature presentations on recently completed projects, indicate how lighting has changed in cultural spaces (museums, art galleries, cultural heritage sites, etc.), how different cultures perceive light and consequently how this influences lighting design. The impact of new technologies on the culture of light, and how their application is shaping design or lighting strategies, will also be addressed in this track. Austrian media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has been announced as the first Keynote Speaker. His interactive installations offer great inspiration for lighting designers, architects and all related professions! Supporting programme As in previous PLDC editions, the conference will be accompanied by an informative, inspiring and innovative supporting programme. The manufacturers’ exhibition from the partners in the industry is developing at a fast pace – to date almost 75% of the exhibition is already sold out. The pre-convention meeting day is shaping up to be a full additional conference day: The Cities’ Forum will be inviting lighting designers, architects and city planners to gather and learn about latest developments. Partner Cities of PLDC will be presenting their ongoing and planned activities and will be joining in the Face2Face talks to network with lighting specialists and discuss cutting-edge topics in city planning and lighting in the public realm. The first excursions have been announced and more will follow shortly. For the excursion to the Sistine Chapel, Osram will be inviting the first 300 independent lighting designers, architects, researchers, educators and students! Make sure you register now and apply for a free ticket! Based on the evaluations provided by the Paper Reviewing Committee, 15 authors of self-running poster presentations have been selected by the Steering Committee to add additional value to the conference programme. The poster presentations are also classified according to the four conference tracks Professional Practice Issues, Lighting Application Case Studies, Lighting Application Research and Light + Culture. PLDC 2015 will offer a new component: Experience Rooms. These spaces are designed to allow attendees to become actively involved in specific activities, experience light and darkness, or play a part in ongoing research studies.   For further information on the event, www.pld-c.com

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